Rhyan Clapham, aka DOBBY, is a Filipino and Aboriginal rapper, drummer and speaker with family from Brewarrina on Ngemba land. Direct from the Joan Sutherland Theatre, he combines cultural stories and experiences with his impressive vocal, keyboard and drum skills to create rap that is contagious and unforgettable.
Musically trained, DOBBY studied Aboriginal hip hop at UNSW. He is also a skilled composer, and is the 2017 recipient for the bi-annual Peter Sculthorpe Fellowship. He has performed as a rapper and drummer for Dance Rites, BIGSOUND 2017/18, The Plot Festival, Yabun Festival, Koori Radio events and at NAIDOC celebrations across Australia. He recently spoke on a panel as part of VIVID Sydney’s VIVID Ideas Exchange.
His first EP, eponymously titled DOBBY, was released in 2018 and made waves in the Australian music scene.
First broadcast 10 July 2020.